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    I have been Primal-ish for about a month now and things have been going really well. I have some coworkers who are doing the Atkins diet. They use "Net Carbs" They subtract grams of fiber from the total carbohydrates in an item.
    Can someone comment on whether or not Mark uses "Net Carbs" or "Total Carbs" when he is giving nutritional guidelines?

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    Mark's carb curve is actually just total.

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    Yep, PB is total.

    I'm not sure about the net carbs thing myself. But then, my digestive system launches major protests to fiber, so I tend to avoid it.

    As a rule of thumb, if you are eating whole foods, the net carbs are about a third less than total carbs. So 60 total carbs is 40 net carbs - if you are trying to compare your intake to that of your co-workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarahW View Post
    Yep, PB is total.

    I'm not sure about the net carbs thing myself. But then, my digestive system launches major protests to fiber, so I tend to avoid it.

    As a rule of thumb, if you are eating whole foods, the net carbs are about a third less than total carbs. So 60 total carbs is 40 net carbs - if you are trying to compare your intake to that of your co-workers.
    True Mark uses total while Artkins uses net. I question that last "rule of thumb" though. Veg sources of carbs vary too much in their fiber content to be simplified that way.

    Also, subtracting fiber carbs from the total is not a bad idea but where the Atkins people lose my vote is in saying that all those weird sugar alcohols "don't count" toward your total carbs. That is cheating but it's a good marketing strategy for all those "low carb" bars and shakes.

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    Thanks everyone! I guess I knew it was total carbs but wanted to verify. I did get some paleo bread out the the deal though. My co-worker ordered it and said it was too dense. I like it but it doesn't absorb butter very well. I might try some with my eggs in the morning.

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    I find it useful to distinguish between different types of carbs as Paleobird does. I eat a lot of vegetables and tubers, so discounting the fiber content is useful for estimating my glucose (or glucose equivalent) intake.

    I also discount fructose intake as carbs, as none of that is taken up by the muscles. So essentially I only count glucose and other carbs that are readily processed to glucose by the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    I question that last "rule of thumb" though. Veg sources of carbs vary too much in their fiber content to be simplified that way.
    Yes, it is overly simplified. I think I read it in Eades in his discussion of carbohydrate "load" or whatever he calls it (CCM?). I think he realized his diet would appeal only to mathamatitions, so he gave some "short-cuts." But I've been playing around with the Atkins Meal Planner and it does kinda work out in practice (over the whole day of food).

    It makes more sense than saying that veggies don't have carbs, imo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantim6066 View Post
    Thanks everyone! I guess I knew it was total carbs but wanted to verify. I did get some paleo bread out the the deal though. My co-worker ordered it and said it was too dense. I like it but it doesn't absorb butter very well. I might try some with my eggs in the morning.
    Toast the Paleo bread until browned and crispy and dry as possible, then slather with butter. If you're making something like a grilled cheese, toast it even before the frying pan. Getting it as dry as possible is the key being its so moist.
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